Republican Senator Roberto Arango, who represents the capital of San Juan in the Puerto Rican Senate
, submitted his letter of resignation this weekend after it was revealed that he published nude photos of himself on Grindr
, a homosexual iPhone app.
Local media outlets published the photos that resemble Arango. News outlets learned of the photos from anonymous tipsters.
The first image shows a man naked from the waist up but his head is cropped off by using the iPhone to cover his face. The second photo shows a naked man bent over on a bed showing off his behind to the camera. The third illustration shows the individual’s face.
Although he stepped down, the Washington Post
notes that he “gave an Anthony Weiner-esque non-denial” excuse to outlets.
“You know I've been losing weight. As I shed that weight, I've been taking pictures,” said Arango. “I don't remember taking this particular picture but I'm not gonna say I didn't take it. I'd tell you if I remembered taking the picture, but I don't.”
Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz told the New York Daily News
that the letter was not released yet, but labeled Arango’s resignation “very lamentable.”
Arango worked as a food importer after graduating from Louisiana State University. When he entered politics, Arango became the Puerto Rico national chairman of a business council for the national Republican Party and a municipal director of the Republican Party.
Hispanically Speaking News
noted that Arango recently did not support the nation’s initiative to legalize gay marriage. He also failed to support adoption rights for gays.
“This isn’t a moment to kick someone when he’s down, but I have to denounce Sen. Roberto Arango’s complicity with a fundamentalist agenda that promotes the exclusion and marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” said founder of the gay rights group Puerto Rico for Everyone, Pedro Julio Serrano, in an interview with the Associated Press